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γ2 Volantis (gamma2 Volantis)

γ2 Volantis is a variable and double hypergiant star in the constellation of Volans.

γ2 Volantis visual magnitude is 3.78. Because of its moderate brightness, γ2 Volantis should be easily visible from locations with dark skyes, while it can be barely visible, or not visible at all, from skyes affected by light pollution.

The table below summarizes the key facts about γ2 Volantis:

3.78
Hypergiant
γ2 Volantis (gamma2 Volantis) is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of γ2 Volantis

γ2 Volantis is situated south of the celestial equator, as such, it is more easily visible from the southern emisphere. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of γ2 Volantis are provided in the following table:

07h 08m 44s
-70° 29’ 56”
281.56°
-24.04°
Volans

The simplified sky map below shows the position of γ2 Volantis in the sky:

Finder chart γ2 Volantis (gamma2 Volantis) star
Simplified finder chart for γ2 Volantis (gamma2 Volantis).

Visibility of γ2 Volantis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

γ2 Volantis (gamma2 Volantis) is currently not visible from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Digitized Sky Survey image of γ2 Volantis

The image below is a photograph of γ2 Volantis from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins). The proper motion of γ2 Volantis is 0.023 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and 0.106 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 1000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of γ2 Volantis (gamma2 Volantis) star
DSS2 image of γ2 Volantis. The red arrow shows the motion of γ2 Volantis during the next 1000 years (0.38 arcmin in Right Ascension and 1.77 arcmin in declination);

Distance of γ2 Volantis from the Sun and relative movement

γ2 Volantis is distant 141.62 light years from the Sun and it is moving far from the Sun at the speed of 3 kilometers per second.

43.44 pc
141.62 ly
3 km/s
0.023 arcsec/year
0.106 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of γ2 Volantis

γ2 Volantis belongs to spectral class K0 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a hypergiant star.

0.59
K0III
4649K

The red dot in the diagram below shows where γ2 Volantis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of γ2 Volantis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

γ2 Volantis star system properties

γ2 Volantis is a visual double star which can be observed with the help of small or medium telescopes. The table below shows key information about the γ2 Volantis double sysyem:

3.78
5.68
1.9
13.6 arcsec

Alternative designations of γ2 Volantis

γ2 Volantis
(gamma2 Volantis)
SAO256374
SAO256374